August 2nd, 2007

sweet zombie jesus

A proclamation

People of the Internet, I am TIRED.

This is not going to segue into some rambling diatribe about things I don't like, btw. I'm straightforwardly, physically tired. It's a bummer. If you think I've been reading a lot lately, and posting about books rather more than about anything else, you're right, and it's because, after being kept awake for half of most of my designated sleep periods (for reasons I will detail below), most days I don't have much energy for much more than childcare, book-reading, and naps whenever Felix is napping (and we're down to one of those a day, boohoo).

What has been keeping me awake? In the most Vivid of Terms:

1. His Cuteness, the Young Emperor Felix the Restless (because in our House, the Youngest does Rule).

2. The Royal Siblings, particularly His Blondness, Lord Innes of the Creative Spirit, Much Vexed by Dreams and Awakening Often Not in his Bed.

3. Shelley, Cat named for the Poet Percy, who is Paragon of Fluffiness, Licking of Headboards, and Loud Purring into the Ears of Sleeping Humans.

4. Mine own Creative Spirit, which does bubble forth with Ideas upon any Moment of Awakening, and is Loath to be Silent until One Full Hour hath passed, whereupon it is Likely that I shall be Re-Awaken'd by my Young Masters or the Cat, who at least does not allow the presence in Bed of the two lesser Cats who Plot to Overthrow him.


(see what happens when I'm sleep-deprived? DO YOU SEEEEEE?!)
ariel happy

2007 Books #24: How to Write Horror Fiction, by William F. Nolan

It seems that this is a whole summer about horror fiction for me, so when I saw How to Write Horror Fiction at the library, I acted as if I needed more books to read, and borrowed it. The book is only 122 pages long, before the appendix and index, and the reading went quickly. IMO, this book is a great one for beginning writers. It covers the basics of writing in brief sections, and although I had read a lot of the same type of material before, there was enough specifically horror-related advice that I felt satisfied with the new things the book brought to my attention. I'm new to the possibility of writing horror stories, since most of my ideas go toward fantasy and science fiction, but all of this grim material I'm absorbing has been bringing out some new story ideas that could turn into horror fiction. I'm more interested in the non-gory approach, and I'll see where that leads in the next few months.

For now, I'm working (not as consistently as I'd like) on a fantasy story about karma, with some dark elements, and it is kicking my ass way harder than the last story ever did.